As much as possible, keep away from other people and pets in the home.
Wear a mask if they must be around other people. Masks shouldn't be worn by kids
younger than 2 years old or anyone who has trouble breathing. For more about masks,
check the CDC's
Cover coughs and sneezes
with a tissue, throw the tissue away, and then wash their hands right away. Wash with
soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
If possible, stay in a bedroom and use a bathroom separate from other people in
Use separate dishes, glasses, cups, and eating utensils and not share these with
other household members. After use, run them through the dishwasher or wash with very
hot soapy water.
Use separate bedding and towels and not share these with other household members.
If the person who is sick can't wear a mask, caregivers should wear one while
they're in the same room.
Make sure shared spaces in the home have good air flow. You can open a window
or turn on an air filter or air conditioner.
Do not allow visitors into your home. This includes children and adults.
All household members should wash
their hands well and often. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Wash the sick person's clothing, bedding, and towels with detergent on the hottest
temperature possible. Wear gloves when handling their laundry, if possible. Wash your
hands well after handling the laundry (even if you wore gloves).
Every day, use a household cleaner or wipe to clean things that get touched a
lot. These include doorknobs, light switches, toys, remote controls, sink handles,
counters, and phones. Keep a sick child's toys separate from other toys, if possible.
Other household members also should stay home. This is called quarantine.
Follow instructions from your doctor, local health care department, or the CDC
about who should stay home and for how long.
When Should I Call the Doctor?
If the person you're caring for seems to be getting sicker, call your doctor right
away. Tell the doctor about their symptoms and whether they've been tested
If they need to go to the doctor:
The person should wear a mask.
Keep tissues handy in case they need to cough or sneeze.
Go to the emergency room or
call 911 if the person has trouble breathing, is confused, or is very drowsy.
What Else Should I Know?
If you're caring for someone who has COVID-19 or who has symptoms, keep taking
these precautions until your doctor or local health department say it's safe to stop
doing so. Also tell other people who may have been in close contact with the person
who is infected. They can speak with their doctor or local health department about
getting tested or quarantining.